Easter and Springtime Traditions We Love

The forsythia is blooming (or getting ready to); our little Magnolia tree is lush and gorgeous and smells like yummy lemon; the daffodils are popping, and the tulips are not far behind them…

At this time of year, when everything turns a brilliant chartreuse, I can officially come out of my winter slump, and rejoice in the coming of summer. It’s called spring, and it has its good points (more on those in a min), but to me, it’s a happy pit stop on the way to summer. Ah, summer.

The hallmarks of the spring season that make it wonderful (if not August) are as follows:

The bunny cake. Simple, delicious, and a crowd-pleaser every year.

Bunny cake

Bunny cake and baby Jasper.

Sometimes it’s pink. Sometimes it’s yellow, white or lavender (see below). Gooey frosting, gumdrops, toothpicks, and ears cut out of construction paper complete the “look.”

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes. This one belongs in your permanent collection. Talk about a working mom! It’s the story of a country bunny, who grows up to be one of the five (yes there are five; it’s all explained in the book, kids) Easter bunnies, despite having 21 children (whom she teaches to run her house like professionals). Yes she can! The illustrations are gorgeous, a kind of South Beach bright. Perfect for spring.

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, BN.com, $8.99

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, BN.com, $8.99

Bluebonnets. Texas.

Jasper in the bluebonnets

Jasper in the bluebonnets.

April and May usually marks the annual pilgrimage to Texas to visit family and friends, and if we’re lucky, we’ve scheduled the trip in time to see the spring bluebonnets, too.

in the bluebonnets

Melisa (and Magnolia) in the bluebonnets.

Luckily, the margaritas, Tex-Mex, good music and company in Texas are not seasonal like the bluebonnet show.

Easter baskets.

First Easter basket

First Easter basket.

Easter basket

"A Clean Getaway"

Bunny and the bunny

First bunny.

Easter baskets 2008

"Look what we found!"

What else is there to say?

Bunny cake in purple

Hippity Hoppity.


4 Responses to “Easter and Springtime Traditions We Love”

  1. 1 Amy W March 28, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Happy spring and happy trip to Texas!

  2. 2 Sasha March 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Hi there! How do you make that bunny cake!? I want to do it!

    • 3 Chrissy March 31, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      It’s so easy you wouldn’t believe it!
      Bunny cake recipe:
      1) Make a cake in a round pan (8 or 9 inch; you’ll only need one round not two so you can freeze the other). Let cool.
      2) Make frosting:
      Fluffy White Frosting
      Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar, and dash of salt in saucepan. Bring to boiling, stirring till sugar dissolves. Very slowly add sugar syrup to 2 unbeaten egg whites in mixing bowl, beating constantly with electric mixer till stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes. Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla. (optional: add food coloring of choice.)
      3) Frost the top of one cake round and cut in half. Stand halves on their sides so they meet and stick together (look at picture if this sound confusing and it should make sense).
      4) Frost the sides and the top round of the cake.
      5) Cut ears out of construction paper and attach. Add toothpick whiskers. Use gumdrops or jellybeans for eyes, nose and tail (or use real cottonball as the tail).
      6) Eat and enjoy!

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